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Should Rasul Douglas return to the bench when Ronald Darby returns?

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Right now, the NFC-best Eagles do not have many issues, however, there is a potential problem looming on the horizon.

Offseason acquisition Ronald Darby, who dislocated his ankle in the season opener against the Washington Redskins, is nearing full-health and will be ready to play within the next few weeks. Since Rasual Douglas has proven himself capable as a starter the question is: Should Darby get his starting gig back right away?

The answer lies with how well Douglas plays in the coming weeks. Since taking on an active role in Week Two, Douglas has shown a knack for getting his hands on the ball (six passes defended and two interceptions).  Last week against the Panthers, he kept Devin Funchess in-check and prior to that, he kept the Cardinals receivers in check (Jaron and John Brown and J.J. Nelson).

It’s safe to assume that Douglas is finally comfortable and his preseason issues are behind him.

Unless Douglas becomes burnt toast against the Redskins, 49ers, and Broncos over the next three games, he should stay on the field. He already is a long-term building block for this team, and if he can play as a rookie, why bench him?

However, Darby is a talented corner that GM Howie Roseman obviously likes (he traded dependable receiver Jordan Matthews and a third-round pick for him back in August). He had a terrific rookie season and obviously boasts tremendous ability. He’s also more experienced than Douglas and for a team aiming for the postseason, that’s very important.

It’s likely that Douglas and Darby will split their reps and whoever outplays the other will be the starting cornerback for the rest of the season.

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